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Roger Allers is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Art Direction American born on 29 june 1949 at Rye (USA)

Roger Allers

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Nationality USA
Birth 29 june 1949 (69 years) at Rye (USA)

Roger Allers (born 1949 in Rye, New York) is an Oscar-nominated American film director, screenwriter, storyboard artist, animator and Tony-nominated playwright. He is most well known for directing the highest-grossing 2D animated film of all time, The Lion King, for Disney, and for writing the Broadway adaptation, The Lion King.

Biography

Allers became hooked on animation at the age of five after seeing Disney's classic feature film Peter Pan. Deciding that he wanted to become a Disney artist and work with Walt Disney himself, a few years later he sent away for a do-it-yourself Disney animation kit. However, in 1966, when he heard of Walt Disney's death, Allers, by then a high school student, grew discouraged about attaining his dream.

He went on to receive a degree in fine arts from Arizona State University. But it was after auditing a class at Harvard that he found his interest in animation renewed. He landed a job with Lisberger Studios, where he worked on the animation end for projects such as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Make a Wish, and various commercials.

In 1978, he relocated to Los Angeles with Lisberger to work on a feature project called Animalympics, providing story work, character design and animation for the film. This was followed by a six-month stint as part of the storyboard team for the Disney/Lisberger co-production, Tron, his first live action experience.

Allers moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1980, in order to work for the famed Nelvana studios as an animator on a feature called Rock & Rule. After two years, he returned to Los Angeles to work on Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. His work continued on the film, this time at the main studio in Tokyo, working as one of the animation directors, overseeing the Japanese artists.

Back in Los Angeles in 1985, Allers heard that Disney was looking for a storyboard person on Oliver & Company and immediately applied for and was hired for the job. His dream had at long last come true. During his time there, he worked on almost every animated feature that was produced in the 2nd Golden Age of Disney Feature Animation from the 1980s to 1990's, including The Little Mermaid, The Prince and the Pauper, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.

In 1994, Allers made his feature film directing debut with the multi-award winning The Lion King, which was not only a top-grossing hit film, but went on to become a successful Broadway musical in 1998. The Lion King is the 5th longest running Broadway musical of all time. Allers was nominated for a Tony for co-writing the book, along with Irene Mecchi.

Allers continued to work at Disney for the next few years, developing features. Allers developed the original concept for The Emperor's New Groove, and was the original director back when the title was, Kingdom of the Sun and the film was still Allers' original vision of an epic, mythic-based story, in the vein of Lion King. However, several years into development, due to creative differences with executives, Allers chose to leave the project. He was replaced with Mark Dindal, and the tone of the film was drastically changed to a slapstick comedy, and was released as The Emperor's New Groove.

Also while at Disney, Allers directed the Disney animated short, The Little Matchgirl which was nominated for an Academy Award, for Best Animated Short, in 2006.

Allers was then tapped by Sony Pictures to direct their first ever animated release, Open Season, featuring the voice talents of Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher, released in theaters summer of 2006.

He is currently directing a film adaptation of Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, with Salma Hayek's production company, Ventanarosa Productions.

Nominated for a Tony for co-writing the book for the smash hit Broadway musical, The Lion King.

Nominated for an Oscar and won several International Film Festival Awards for his short film, The Little Matchgirl.

Allers, along with his Lion King Broadway writing partner, Irene Mecchi, have written a musical adaptation of the book, Beatrice's Goat, to benefit the work of global non-profit Heifer International.

Best films

The Lion King (1994)
(Director)
Aladdin (1992)
(Scriptwriter)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
(Story)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
(Storyboard)
Open Season (2006)
(Director)
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
(Original Story)

Usually with

Don Hahn
Don Hahn
(5 films)
John Musker
John Musker
(3 films)
Frank Welker
Frank Welker
(7 films)
Howard Ashman
Howard Ashman
(3 films)
Ron Clements
Ron Clements
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Roger Allers (12 films)

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Actor

Waking Sleeping Beauty, 1h26
Directed by Don Hahn
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Roy E. Disney, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Frank Wells, Howard Ashman, Steven Spielberg
Roles Himself
Rating76% 3.8433853.8433853.8433853.8433853.843385
The film covers the fall and rebirth of Disney's animation division, the effects the new corporate team of Michael Eisner, Frank Wells, and Jeffrey Katzenberg had on the division, the competition with Don Bluth's animation studio, the pivotal roles of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the CAPS system, the introduction of the home video format, and the new-found success the studio had from 1989-1999.

Director

The Prophet, 1h24
Directed by Bill Plympton, Roger Allers, Joann Sfar, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Gaëtan et Paul Brizzi
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Actors Quvenzhané Wallis, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Salma Hayek, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina
Rating70% 3.5498653.5498653.5498653.5498653.549865
Kamila, a widowed mother, works as the housekeeper for Mustafa, a foreign poet, painter, and political activist being held under house arrest. Mustafa is guarded by the soldier Halim, who has a secret crush on Kamila. Kamila's daughter, Almitra, has stopped talking due to her father's death, and has become a troublemaker who frequently steals from local merchants. Almitra has seagulls for her only friends; she even seems able to talk to them by making birdlike noises. Halim's pompous Sergeant arrives to tell Mustafa that he is now free, but he must board a ship to his home country by day's end. The Sergeant escorts Mustafa to the ship, and Mustafa spends the time conversing with Kamila, Almitra and Halim, as well as with the townspeople, who regard him as a hero. Mustafa's conversations, ranging in topics from freedom to marriage to parenthood to eating, are animated by the movie's many directors in their own unique styles.
Open Season, 1h26
Directed by Roger Allers, Anthony Stacchi
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un ours, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise, Debra Messing, Billy Connolly, Cody Cameron
Rating61% 3.0500153.0500153.0500153.0500153.050015
In the tranquil town of Timberline, 900-pound (407 kg) grizzly bear Boog enjoys a captive, but happy existence and spends his day as the star attraction of the town's nature show with nights living the life of luxury in the garage of park ranger Beth, who raised him since he was a cub. One day, the hunting fanatic Shaw drives into town with the one-antlered deer Elliot strapped to the hood of his truck. Boog frees Elliot at the last minute and against his better judgment, before Shaw can go after him. Boog never expects to see his "buddy" again. Elliot follows Boog home and finds him sleeping in the garage and starts to throw rabbits at the window. He tells him to be "free" from his garage captivity and introduces Boog to a world of sweet temptations outside of the garage that he has unknown. When Boog becomes intoxicated with sugar sweets, events quickly spiral out of control as the two ransack the town's grocery store. Elliot escapes before Boog is caught by a friend of Beth, police officer Gordy. At the nature show, Elliot who is being chased by Shaw, sees Boog who attacks him, causing the whole audience in the show to panic before Boog threatens to hurt Elliot. Shaw attempts to shoot Boog, but Beth sedates them with a tranquilizer gun before he could, thanks to Gordy. Shaw flees before he can arrest him for shooting a gun in the town. The two trouble-makers are released into the Timberline National Forest, only three days before open season starts, but they are set over the falls, where they will be safe.
The Little Matchgirl, 7minutes
Directed by Roger Allers
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Animation
Themes Christmas films, Children's films
Rating78% 3.943113.943113.943113.943113.94311
During Christmas in Russia, an impoverished girl tries to sell matchsticks on the streets but everyone is completely indifferent towards her. Later that night, the girl huddles up in a snowy alley trying to warm herself against the cold. Eventually she decides to strike some of her remaining matches for warmth. As the matches burn, she dreams about bring in a warm home, well fed, and her grandmother the only person who was ever kind to her. Soon her grandmother finds the girl in the alley, all of her matches burnt, and carries the girl of to heaven. A comet passes through the sky, her grandmother says every time there is a shooting star someone dies, revealing that the girl's body had succumbed to hypothermia and died.
The Lion King, 1h29
Directed by Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about families, Philosophie, Films about religion, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about lions, Films about apes, Musical films, Political films, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Suricate, Films about royalty
Actors Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane
Rating84% 4.2482054.2482054.2482054.2482054.248205
In the Pride Lands of Africa, a lion rules over the animals as king. The birth of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi's son Simba creates envy and resentment in Mufasa's younger brother, Scar, who knows his nephew now replaces him as heir to the throne. After Simba has grown into a young cub, Mufasa gives him a tour of the Pride Lands, teaching him the responsibilities of being a king and the circle of life. Later that day, Scar tricks Simba and his best friend Nala into exploring a forbidden elephant graveyard, despite the protests of Mufasa's hornbill majordomo Zazu. At the graveyard, three spotted hyenas named Shenzi, Banzai and Ed attack the cubs before Mufasa, alerted by Zazu, rescues them and forgives Simba for his actions. That night, the hyenas, who are allied with Scar, plot with him to kill Mufasa and Simba.

Scriptwriter

The Prophet, 1h24
Directed by Bill Plympton, Roger Allers, Joann Sfar, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Gaëtan et Paul Brizzi
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Actors Quvenzhané Wallis, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Salma Hayek, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina
Rating70% 3.5498653.5498653.5498653.5498653.549865
Kamila, a widowed mother, works as the housekeeper for Mustafa, a foreign poet, painter, and political activist being held under house arrest. Mustafa is guarded by the soldier Halim, who has a secret crush on Kamila. Kamila's daughter, Almitra, has stopped talking due to her father's death, and has become a troublemaker who frequently steals from local merchants. Almitra has seagulls for her only friends; she even seems able to talk to them by making birdlike noises. Halim's pompous Sergeant arrives to tell Mustafa that he is now free, but he must board a ship to his home country by day's end. The Sergeant escorts Mustafa to the ship, and Mustafa spends the time conversing with Kamila, Almitra and Halim, as well as with the townspeople, who regard him as a hero. Mustafa's conversations, ranging in topics from freedom to marriage to parenthood to eating, are animated by the movie's many directors in their own unique styles.
The Little Matchgirl, 7minutes
Directed by Roger Allers
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Animation
Themes Christmas films, Children's films
Roles Writer
Rating78% 3.943113.943113.943113.943113.94311
During Christmas in Russia, an impoverished girl tries to sell matchsticks on the streets but everyone is completely indifferent towards her. Later that night, the girl huddles up in a snowy alley trying to warm herself against the cold. Eventually she decides to strike some of her remaining matches for warmth. As the matches burn, she dreams about bring in a warm home, well fed, and her grandmother the only person who was ever kind to her. Soon her grandmother finds the girl in the alley, all of her matches burnt, and carries the girl of to heaven. A comet passes through the sky, her grandmother says every time there is a shooting star someone dies, revealing that the girl's body had succumbed to hypothermia and died.
The Lion King 1½, 1h13
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about lions, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Suricate
Actors Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Frank Welker, Julie Kavner, Jerry Stiller, Matthew Broderick
Rating65% 3.2976353.2976353.2976353.2976353.297635
The film is told through the perspective of Timon and Pumbaa through the literary device known as a frame story. The two are shown watching the original film, The Lion King, being shown in silhouette commenting on the movie being shown before them, in a style nearly identical to that of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The Emperor's New Groove, 1h15
Directed by Mark L. Dindal
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors David Spade, John Goodman, Michael Herbig, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick
Roles Original Story
Rating73% 3.65193.65193.65193.65193.6519
The film opens with narration from Kuzco, a teenage Inca emperor who has been transformed into a llama. He tells the story of how his life as a ruler used to be and how it was ruined "for no reason". However, in his flashback he is shown to have been rude and narcisissitic, albeit charismatic. He even goes so far as insulting the appearances of potential brides and throwing an old man out the window for "throwing off his groove." After Kuzko fires his conniving advisor, Yzma, for abusing her power, she comes up with a scheme to usurp the throne with the help of Kronk, her dim-witted but jovial henchman. Meanwhile, Kuzco meets with Pacha, a kind peasant and village leader, and tells him that he wants to demolish his hilltop family home to build himself a lavish summer home called "Kuzcotopia". Pacha protests, but is dismissed.
Aladdin
Aladdin (1992)
, 1h27
Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Films about birds, Films about apes, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Scott Weinger, Jonathan Freeman, Brad Kane, Linda Larkin, Frank Welker, Lea Salonga
Rating79% 3.996163.996163.996163.996163.99616
Jafar, Grand Vizier to the Sultan of the fictional sultanate of Agrabah, attempts to retrieve a magical oil lamp containing a genie from the Cave of Wonders. He enlists a petty thief to enter the cave and retrieve it, whose attempt fails. Jafar and his parrot assistant, Iago, learn that only a "Diamond in the Rough" can enter the cave. Meanwhile, Jasmine, the Sultan's daughter, frustrated with her life in the palace, flees to Agrabah's marketplace. There she meets street rat Aladdin and his monkey pet, Abu, and the two begin to form a friendship. After Jafar orders Aladdin to be captured, Jasmine orders him to have him released but Jafar tricks her into thinking Aladdin was sentenced to death.
Beauty and the Beast, 1h24
Directed by Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Psychologie, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'une plante
Actors Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury
Roles Story
Rating79% 3.9978453.9978453.9978453.9978453.997845
An enchantress, disguised as an old beggar, offers a rose to a young prince, in exchange for shelter in his castle from the cold, but the prince refuses. For his arrogance, the enchantress transforms him into a beast and places a spell on the castle. She gives him a magic mirror that enables him to view faraway events, along with the enchanted rose that she had offered. To break the spell, the prince must learn to love another and earn her love in return before the rose's last petal falls on his 21st birthday. If he fails, he will remain a beast forever.
The Little Mermaid, 1h23
Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Mermaids in film, Witches in film, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars
Roles Storyboard
Rating75% 3.7972153.7972153.7972153.7972153.797215
Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with underwater life and is curious about the human world. With her best friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle the seagull, who offers very inaccurate knowledge of human culture. She ignores the warnings of her father King Triton, the ruler of Atlantica, and his adviser and court composer Sebastian that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden.
Oliver & Company, 1h13
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Joseph Lawrence, Natalie Gregory, Dom DeLuise, Cheech Marin, Bette Midler, Robert Loggia
Roles Story
Rating66% 3.349883.349883.349883.349883.34988
On the streets of Fifth Avenue, an orphaned kitten named Oliver is left abandoned after his fellow orphaned kittens are adopted by passersby. Wandering the streets by himself in search of someone to adopt him, Oliver meets a laid-back dog named Dodger who assists the kitten in stealing food from a hot dog vendor named Louie. Dodger then flees the scene without sharing his bounty with Oliver. Oliver follows Dodger all throughout the streets until he eventually arrives at the barge of his owner, a pickpocket named Fagin, along with his meal, to give to his friends: Tito the Chihuahua, Einstein the Great Dane, Rita the Saluki and Francis the Bulldog. Oliver sneaks into their home, located below the city's docks, and is discovered by the dogs. After a moment of confusion, Oliver is then received with a warm welcome. Fagin, owner of the dogs, comes in and explains that he is running out of time to repay the money he borrowed from Sykes, a ruthless shipyard agent and loan shark. Sykes tells Fagin the money must be paid in three days, or else. Sykes' Dobermans Roscoe and DeSoto attack Oliver but the cat is defended by Fagin's dogs. Immediately thereafter, a depressed Fagin returns to the barge, lamenting that he has only three days to find the money he owes Sykes. After the dogs cheer him up, Fagin is introduced to Oliver, and, considering that they all need help, accepts him into the gang.
Animalympics, 1h15
Directed by Steven Lisberger
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about the Olympic Games, Children's films
Actors Billy Crystal, Gilda Radner, Harry Shearer
Roles Story
Rating67% 3.3952053.3952053.3952053.3952053.395205
The film is a series of vignettes presented as the broadcast of the first animal Olympic Games through the fictional ZOO television network. The Games combine summer and winter Olympic events.

Art

Animalympics, 1h15
Directed by Steven Lisberger
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about the Olympic Games, Children's films
Actors Billy Crystal, Gilda Radner, Harry Shearer
Roles Art Direction
Rating67% 3.3952053.3952053.3952053.3952053.395205
The film is a series of vignettes presented as the broadcast of the first animal Olympic Games through the fictional ZOO television network. The Games combine summer and winter Olympic events.